Anyone who works in the creative industries knows how problematic copyright infringement is. It doesn’t matter what your medium is, it’s often said that there’s nothing new on the face of the Earth, but when other people’s work is eerily similar to yours, questions inevitably arise.
The majority of big-name stars in the world have been accused of copyright infringement at least once. Usually, it’s from less successful creators who’ve drawn parallels between their work and its successful ‘plagiarist’ and are hoping to profit from this similarity, no matter how small.
The recent lawsuit brought against Taylor Swift is summarised in the video below:
The latest star to have been accused of copyright infringement is Taylor Swift. The 28-year-old songstress was accused by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler of stealing lyrics from their 2001 song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ for her 2014 hit single ‘Shake It Off’.
The 2001 song was sung by girl group 3LW and contained the lyrics “playas gonna play” and “haters gonna hate”, which also appear in Taylor’s hit.
‘Shake It Off’ sold a staggering nine million units when it was released in 2014, so it would have been a huge payday for the songwriters if their case had been successful. Unfortunately for them, however, the judge at the trail had some harsh words about their claim.